Slavery in Late Antiquity
My project involves the composition of a monograph on the development of slavery in the Late Antique period (3rd to 7th centuries AD) in both the eastern and western halves of the Roman Empire. I am grateful to Dumbarton Oaks for allowing me to make great progress on this and several other undertakings.
I came with several different projects in tow and spent the first half of the fellowship working on these. This resulted in the following:
- completion of an article on the Tyche medallions minted on the occasion of the foundation of Constantinople in 330;
- completion of one chapter for a monograph on Constantine which I hope to finish in summer 2010. I chose to write the chapter at Dumbarton Oaks because it was directly related to the Tyche article. It traces pagan elements in the foundation of the new capital;
- completion of three chapters and supporting materials (maps, timelines, glossaries, family trees, art captions) for a co-authored textbook of Roman history to appear with Oxford University Press next fall;
- completion of a translation of the seventh book of the Justinianic Code, my contribution to another co-authored publication to appear with Cambridge University Press.
In the spring I worked almost exclusively on the slavery project and accomplished the following:
- transfer of data on the subject from my extensive pre-existing Word files into a searchable database.
- completion of a review of a book on Byzantine slavery.
- completion and delivery of an academic paper on slavery in the Novels of Justinian, which will appear as one of the chapters of the book.
- completion and delivery of an academic paper on slavery in Frankish Gaul, which will appear as one of the chapters of the book.
During this period I have also expended great effort gathering further primary sources and secondary studies, assimilating these, and entering them into my database. This is a massive project for which the unparalleled library resources at Dumbarton Oaks have been immensely helpful. I am fortunate to have one more year of fellowship during which time I hope to finish the monograph.